On July 2, 1889, a night storm swelled Wolf Creek near Thaxton, Virginia, which rose out of its banks just as passenger train No. 2 was crossing. The situation became N&W's first major disaster. There was only one survivor, trainmaster James Cassell, who was swept along by the current but managed to cling to a tree until rescued.
Images of Rail: Norfolk and Western Railway by Nelson Harris
2 July 1889
Nelson Harris; Virginia Museum of Transportation
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